Select Page

WELCOME

The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 417 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means entering a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2022 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam. The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the...

MW student Tao Platon awarded the Lallemand bursary

MW student Tao Platon awarded the Lallemand bursary

Master of Wine student Tao Platón is the 2022 Lallemand bursary winner. Tao is a stage two MW student and receives £1,500 towards the cost of his studies. Lallemand is a leading producer of wine yeast and bacteria, and their nutrients and a distributor of oenological...

Jean-Louis Chave announced as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker

Jean-Louis Chave announced as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker

Jean-Louis Chave has been honoured as the 2022 Winemakers’ Winemaker, at a ceremony during ProWein today (16 May 2022). Given by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business since 2011, the award recognises outstanding achievement in winemaking. Masters of...

Robert MacCulloch MW joins Hattingley Valley as head winemaker

Robert MacCulloch MW joins Hattingley Valley as head winemaker

English winery Hattingley Valley has appointed Robert MacCulloch MW, previously client winemaker for Hawke’s Bay Wine Company in New Zealand, to head up its winemaking team. In his new role at Hattingley Valley, Robert will be responsible for leading the team of...

Masters of Wine celebrate retirement of Jean-René Matignon

Masters of Wine celebrate retirement of Jean-René Matignon

To celebrate the retirement of Jean-René Matignon, technical director of Château Pichon Baron, the jewel in the crown of principal IMW supporter AXA Millésimes's portfolio, a grand vertical tasting of every vintage he has made, from 1985 to 2021 was followed by a...

Latest News

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

2022 MW exam questions and wines revealed

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions from the 2022 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part of the exam. The complete list of wines can be found here, along with the accompanying questions. The list also shows the...

MW student Tao Platon awarded the Lallemand bursary

MW student Tao Platon awarded the Lallemand bursary

Master of Wine student Tao Platón is the 2022 Lallemand bursary winner. Tao is a stage two MW student and receives £1,500 towards the cost of his studies. Lallemand is a leading producer of wine yeast and bacteria, and their nutrients and a distributor of oenological...

Features

Regenerative Workshop Day with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Regenerative Workshop Day with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is co-organising ‘Regenerative Viticulture Workshop Day’ on 5 September in Hampshire, UK. The one-day workshop will explore vineyard establishment, weed control, cover cropping, balancing soil indices, animal grazing and biodiversity with...

Robert MacCulloch MW joins Hattingley Valley as head winemaker

Robert MacCulloch MW joins Hattingley Valley as head winemaker

English winery Hattingley Valley has appointed Robert MacCulloch MW, previously client winemaker for Hawke’s Bay Wine Company in New Zealand, to head up its winemaking team. In his new role at Hattingley Valley, Robert will be responsible for leading the team of...

OUR FRIENDS

PRINCIPAL SUPPORTERS

MAJOR SUPPORTERS

SUPPORTERS

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATES